Beware the Thresh Hold

We looked in the rafters last time. How about some floor sayings?

Originally floors were simply compacted dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.


Hence the saying:

Dirt poor.

Kind of ouch!

So what solution did the wealthy have?.They had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet (not so rosy after all), so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance way.

Hence the saying:

A thresh hold.


And of course, the clean smelling bride gets carried over that threshold.